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Parkville Student Wins National Golf Gold

Blaine McGlothlin, a Parkville High student, won national gold at the Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament over the weekend.

It all came down to one shot.

Blaine McGlothlin, 19, sunk a 4-foot putt on the third day of the Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament, winning a gold medal in his division of the competition.

McGlothlin, a student who has Down syndrome, played the round taking alternating shots with his father, Rick, over a nine-hole course. The dramatic putt put them one stroke ahead the second place finishers.

Monday morning, Rick and Blaine were on their way back from The Wigwam resort in Phoenix, AZ where they spent the weekend playing, but we were able to catch up with Blaine's mother Sharon McGlothlin.

"They are so excited," she said. "They won on the last shot, Blaine sank a 4-foot putt to win."

Sharon, who had recently been at Parkville High, said Blaine's classmates are excited for him too.

"They have a bulletin board for him," she said. "They want me to bring him to school tomorow to get some more pictures. It's great, Blaine loves being in the spotlight."

A gold medal isn't only thing the golfing pair are bringing home from Arizona, either. Rick also won the grand prize in a raffle—he'll come home with a flag autographed by golf great Phil Mickelson from his last PGA championship win.

The McGlothlins managed to shoot a 55 during round one, a 68 during round two, and a 58 during round three for a medal-winning score of 181.

Blaine, a former Havre de Grace resident and Perryville High student, qualified for the tournament when he won gold at the state competition in September 2011. Later this month, Blaine and Rick will again compete at the state level and hope to bring home the gold again.

Lexa Newman September 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Call me biased, but I love to see stories like this about kids in our community who are doing positive things. I hope Blaine gets to go on to the Worlds in LA in 2015.
Carol Szaroleta September 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Congrats Blaine! All of us from Parkville are proud of you.
Cheryl Parks-Weidley September 11, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Cheers for Blaine! It takes a lot of practice to pull that off.

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